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Morning take: Kindle says he's cleared

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

Morning take: Optimism is running high with Kindle lately, which is a good thing. The Ravens need help with their pass rush. There is certaintly a spot open for what Kindle potentially offers.

  • According to Pro Football Focus, Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth was second in the NFL is pass-blocking efficiency.

Morning take: Whitworth is one of the league's most underrated players. Will he make Tuesday's Power Rankings or continue to be underrated? Find out later today.

  • Is Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester better than Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger?

Morning take: According to the NFL Network's survey of players, Hester is better. There have been some questionable placements, and this is one of them.

  • Does Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy need more than the 2011 season to prove himself?

Morning take: Ideally, yes, a young quarterback needs time to grow with a team. But McCoy likely gets only the 2011 season and half of last season to prove he's the long-term solution.